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Langer Wins German Masters

October 5, 1997

BERLIN (AP) _ Germany’s Bernhard Langer, after a record 12-under-par 60 in the third round, came back to earth to win the German Masters with a final-round 70 Sunday, six shots ahead of Colin Montgomerie and seven up on Thomas Bjorn.

The victory was the third in this event for Langer, who finished with a composite 21-under 267. Montgomerie shot a 68 for a 15-under 273 and Bjorn fired a 69 to finish on 274.

Langer, whose 60 bettered the course record and matched the lowest round ever shot on the PGA European Tour, picked up 125,000 pounds (dlrs 210,500). Montgomerie won 83,320 pounds (dlrs 134,145).

The prize money brought Langer’s yearly winnings in Europe to 568,698 pounds (dlrs 915,604) _ just behind No. 1 Montgomerie with 613,948 pounds (dlrs 988,456).

Two events remain to count on the final money list as Montgomerie bids to win the title for the fifth straight time.

Italy’s Costantino Rocca had an 8-under 64, _ the best round of the day on the Golf and Country Club Motzen course, a 6,848-yard (6,260-meter) layout. Rocca finished at 12-under as did Jose Maria Olazabal of Spain, who closed with a 72, and Patrik Sjoland of Sweden, who finished with 70.

European Ryder Cup captain Seve Ballesteros shot 68 Sunday to finish at 6-under 282. American Ryder Cup player Phil Mickelson also had 68 to finish at 7-under 281.

American Steve Jones shot 71 and was in at 6-under. Tom Lehman _ also an American Ryder player _ finished with a 72 and a 4-under composite for four rounds.

(scw)

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